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Vince Gilligan "desperately wants" Walt and Jesse to show up on Better Call Saul

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There are a lot of questions hanging over Better Call Saul—if we’re being honest, it’s the kind of show where “questions hanging” is a big part of the appeal—but one of the most lingering has been that of when it’ll finally, fully collide with its parent series, Breaking Bad, and its meth-cooking “heroes,” Jesse Pinkman and Walter White. (The show has teased its Breaking Bad connections prominently over its first three seasons—most recently with the introduction of Giancarlo Esposito’s Gus Fring—but has held off on taking any trips to a particular Albuquerque car wash.)


But the time may have finally come for Jimmy McGill to meet his destiny, with the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan, telling reporters he “desperately wants” BB stars Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston to appear on his newest series. Gilligan made the comments during a cast-crew reunion for Breaking Bad set up for an Entertainment Weekly cover shoot this week, telling interviewers I desperately want to see both of them on Better Call Saul,” and mentioning “the buzz” that went through the show’s set when Cranston made a recent visit.

For their part, Cranston and Paul both sound game, expressing their total faith that, whatever Gilligan cooked up for them, it’d be for more than just blatant fanservice. “If Vince decided to put Jesse in Better Call Saul, it’s going to be for a reason,” Paul said, “And that reason’s going to be very satisfying for me. I trust in Vince.”

Not for nothing, but Saul star Bob Odenkirk recently weighed in on a possible reunion, too, albeit in a very different format: Odenkirk was recently on The Late Late Show, and participated in a regular bit where stars respond to Reddit fan theories about them and their shows. Odenkirk rolled his eyes at a couple of the theories—he could probably happily go his whole career without anybody mentioning Let’s Go To Prison to him ever again—but seemed to light up at the idea that Jesse Pinkman might someday show up to harass Gene the Cinnabon Manager in Omaha.

I think we’ve waited long enough,” Gilligan said of the potential reunion.We damn well better have a good reason for them to show up. I just hope we figure it out because I’ve got to hear, ‘Yeah, bitch!’ one more time.”

Better Call Saul returns for its fourth season on AMC on August 6.